“Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child. Nature doesn’t disdain what lives only for a day. It pours the whole of itself into the each moment. We don’t value the lily less for not being made of flint and built to last. Life’s bounty is in its flow, later is too late. Where is the song when it’s been sung? The dance when it’s been danced? It’s only we humans who want to own the future, too. We persuade ourselves that the universe is modestly employed in unfolding our destination. We note the haphazard chaos of history by the day, by the hour, but there is something wrong with the picture. Where is the unity, the meaning, of nature’s highest creation? Surely those millions of little streams of accident and wilfulness have their correction in the vast underground river which, without a doubt, is carrying us to the place where we’re expected! But there is no such place, that’s why it’s called utopia. The death of a child has no more meaning than the death of armies, of nations. Was the child happy while he lived? That is a proper question, the only question. If we can’t arrange our own happiness, it’s a conceit beyond vulgarity to arrange the happiness of those who come after us.”
Tom Stoppard, The Coast of Utopia
“It is a curious thing, but as one travels the world getting older and older, it appears that happiness is easier to get used to than despair. The second time you have a root beer float, for instance, your happiness at sipping the delicious concoction may not be quite as enormous as when you first had a root beer float, and the twelfth time your happiness may be still less enormous, until root beer floats begin to offer you very little happiness at all, because you have become used to the taste of vanilla ice cream and root beer mixed together. However, the second time you find a thumbtack in your root beer float, your despair is much greater than the first time, when you dismissed the thumbtack as a freak accident rather than part of the scheme of a soda jerk, a phrase which here means “ice cream shop employee who is trying to injure your tongue,” and by the twelfth time you find a thumbtack, your despair is even greater still, until you can hardly utter the phrase “root beer float” without bursting into tears. It is almost as if happiness is an acquired taste, like coconut cordial or ceviche, to which you can eventually become accustomed, but despair is something surprising each time you encounter it.”
Lemony Snicket, The End
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will.
It is so hard to forget pain, but it is even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.
No one should ever ask themselves that: Why am I unhappy? The question carries within it the virus that will destroy every thing. If we ask the question, it means we want to find out what makes us happy. If what makes us happy is different from what we have now, then we must either change once and for all or stay as we are, feeling even more unhappy.
One is happy as a result of one’s efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.
Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.
Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called, ‘All things that could go wrong’.
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and better is best.
Dont watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time.
Thomas A. Edison
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
Be true to your work, your word and your friend.
Henry David Thoreau
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed till it is faced.
Worry often gives a small thing a great shadow.
As I ran up to bowl, Bradman seemed to know where the ball was going to pitch, what stroke he was going to play and how many runs he was going to score.
99% of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses
George W Carver
Everyday do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in raising every time we fall.
I’d rather regret the things that I have done than the things I have not done.
Strive not to be of success, but rather to be of value.
There is only thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve; the fear of failure.
Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.
“We rest. A dream has power to poison sleep;
We rise. One wandering thought pollutes the day;
We feel, conceive or reason, laugh or weep;
Embrace fond woe, or cast our cares away:
It is the same! For, be it joy or sorrow,
The path of its departure still is free:
Man’s yesterday may ne’er be like his morrow;
Nought may endure but Mutability.”
Eight lines from the poem “Mutability” are quoted in Frankenstein
If you want to shine like the sun, first you have to burn like it.
It may look as if the situation is creating suffering, but ultimately this is not so – your resistance is.
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
In prison, illusions can offer comfort.
“There is only one duty, one safe course, and that is to try to be right.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The mind alone is the cause of bondage and liberation in humans. When attached to sense objects the mind brings bondage, when detached from objects it brings freedom.
Maitrayaniya Upanisha 4.6
He drinks the cup of love who lays down his life for others; he who works for rewards, merely speaks of love.
– Sakhi attributed to Kabir Das
Danish : “Stilhed er det virkeliges sprog”
English meaning: “Silence is the language of Reality”
Inscription on a stone raised in the arboretum in the hometown of Alfred Sorenson
There is no witness so terrible, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells within us.
A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing and only character endures.
What someone is, begins to be revealed when his talent abates, when he stops showing us what he can do.
The intention makes the crime.
Let no man be sorry he has done good because others have done evil. If a man has acted right he has done well, though alone. If wrong, the sanction of all mankind will not justify him.
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.
The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
George Bernard Shaw
There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he is absolutely free to choose.
William M Bugler
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and dayout.
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.